A little over a week ago, a major fire raged in the Spanish sport climbing mecca of Oliana. The shock in Catalonia runs deep. How much has the climbing area suffered? We summarize and clarify.

The heat wave had the whole of Europe in its grip, resulting in extreme drought and a high risk of forest fires. In Catalonia A little over a week ago, several major fires raged, one of them in the world-famous sport climbing area Oliana. Numerous routes are completely destroyed and many more may be damaged. How big is the damage and how does it look on site?

In the latest installment of climbing show Beta, we recap and talk to a geologist about the effects of extreme heat on limestone.

This is how the Oliana climbing area is after the big fire

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